Research: Huge Underground 'Ocean' Found Beneath Asia;

Research: Huge Underground 'Ocean' Found Beneath Asia; 'The Beijing Anomaly'  by Underwatertimes.com News Service - March 1, 2007 20:05 EST
The location of the watery slice -- red line in the upper right figure -- is a map of the seismic attenuation at a depth of roughly 620 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- A seismologist at Washington University in St. Louis has made the first 3-D model of seismic wave damping — diminishing — deep in the Earth's mantle and has revealed the existence of an underground water reservoir at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.

It is the first evidence for water existing in the Earth's deep mantle.

Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D., Washington University professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, working with former graduate student Jesse Lawrence (now at the University of California, San Diego), analyzed 80,000 shear waves from more than 600,000 seismograms and found a large area in Earth's lower mantle beneath eastern Asia where water is damping out, or attenuating, seismic waves from earthquakes.

The traditional method seismologists use to image the Earth below us is to measure the speed of seismic waves. This will provide a sort of CAT scan of the Earth's core and mantle. Using wave speeds alone is a problem, however, because they cannot distinguish between temperature and composition variations.

The research is described in a forthcoming monograph, Earth's Deep Water Cycle, which is in press to be published by the American Geophysical Union.

Analyzing damped-out waves

An increasingly popular method, which Wysession used, is to analyze the way waves damp out from their source. If you take a hammer and pound it hard on a desk, waves will go from the source to the end of the table with the mass of the table lessening, or attenuating, the power of waves. A picture near the striking point might topple, but a stapler two feet away might not even budge. Attenuation data tell seismologists how stiff a region is, which is a function of how hot it is and how much water it contains. Looking at the seismic wave speeds and attenuation at the same time can tell whether an anomaly is due to temperature or water.

In analyzing the data, Wysession first saw large patterns associated with known areas where the ocean floor is sinking down into the earth. Beneath Asia, the fallen Pacific sea floor piles up at the base of the mantle. Right above that he observed an "incredibly highly attenuating region, that is both very damping and slightly slow," he said. "Water slows the speed of waves a little. Lots of damping and a little slowing match the predictions for water very well."

Previous predictions calculated that a cold ocean slab sinking into the earth at 1,200 to 1,4000 kilometers beneath the surface would release water in the rock that would escape the rock and rise up to a region above it, but this was never previously observed.

Beijing anomaly

"That is exactly what we show here, the exact depth and high attenuation amounts right above it," Wysession said. "I call it the Beijing anomaly. Water inside the rock goes down with the sinking slab and it's quite cold, but it heats up the deeper it goes, and the rock eventually becomes unstable and loses its water. The water then rises up into the overlying region, which becomes saturated with water.

"If you combine the volume of this anomaly with the fact that the rock can hold up to about 0.1 percent of water, that works out to be about an Arctic Ocean's worth of water."

In recent years, seismologists have become excited at the possibility of a feature like the Beijing anomaly. The availability of vast amounts of digital seismograms made possible the discovery by Wysession and Lawrence, who wrote many thousands of lines of computer codes to do the analyses.

Seventy percent of the earth is covered by water, which is very important for the earth's geology, serving as a lubricant that allows efficient convection and plate tectonics and the continental collisions that form mountains.

"Water is like a lubricant, constantly oiling the machine of mantle convection which then drives plate tectonics and causes the continents to move about Earth's surface," Wysession said. "Look at our sister planet, Venus. It is very hot and dry inside Venus, and Venus has no plate tectonics. All the water probably boiled off, and without water, there are no plates. The system is locked up, like a rusty Tin Man with no oil."

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MR. MIAN: ANTARKTIKA (Referenced [per Dept. of Defense] All In Caps and Germanic Spelling to Denote The Third Reich-In-Exile's Occupation of the Continent) Served as Primary Gateway to Unterland, where Permanent Reconstitution of das Dritte Reich continues its Thousand Year Chronology. Hence, Modern Nat-Ƶi ANTARKTIKAN Presence was Geographically Limited, but Influentially disproportionate. The Term: "Unterland ('Underland')" Does Not Imply That Our World is "Hollow."
The Hollow-Earth Obfuscation is Intentionally Perpetrated With Intent to Discredit Reality. Ünterland is Not a "Hollow Earth" – but The Inner Earth. 199

2: During my Final Year of Service as a Dept. of Defense Research Librarian, it was finally Released to the Scientific Community-at-Large (not the General Public, to which such News was essentially Illegible) that our planetary mantle (the deep layers of Earth's structure) contains Lodes of water that dwarfs the existing Oceans (per: "Water in the Earth's Upper Mantle," by A.B. Thompson in: "Nature," vol. 358, pp.295—302). Only Recently (2007) have two American Scientists Discovered (via evidence gleaned from seismic waves) an Ocean deep beneath Communist China's Capital of Beijing (Peking/Pei-Ping); supposedly "locked within porous rock(s)." It was in that same year that Japanese Scientists from Tokiyo observed the dragging down of water at subduction zones (as Reported on June 8th of 2007 in: "Science"). Water is a Corrosive Element and bores through "solid" rock comparatively quickly in the course of Geologic Time.
The Inner-Earth is a series of gigantic caverns – indeed, possibly, a single cavernous Super-System of lacunae many miles below the Terrestrial Surface that spans the globe via a skein of mega-cavities throughout the Earth's "upper"-crust; venously connected through a sunless Subterranean Ocean. The Super-Cavities that comprise Unterland are enormous – hundreds of miles long, and usually at least a mile from floor to ceiling – allowing for weather by condensation, plenty of Intraterrestrial Space to explore – and ultimately the Expansion of Civilization. Unterland is not a Reichskolonen (Colony of The Reich); but rather – by this point – The Reich Itself: LiveScience Huge 'Ocean' Discovered Inside Earth Feb 28, 2007 – The crust thickness averages about 18 miles (30 kilometers) under the continents , but is only about 3 miles (5 kilometers) under the oceans.
The Sea Of Valusia: Per The Occulted Traditions of Ancient Mythography (as rendered popularly accessible via the Works of such Literary Shamans as Robert E. Howard and David J. West), Valusia was the Kingdom furthest to The West of the Thurian Continent in the Thurian Age of Earth's Prehistory. It was Created and initially ruled by 爬虫類 ("Hachūrui ['Serpent Men']") until they were Overthrown by their human Slaves. The term: "Valusian" can refer either to the Hachūrui or to the humans of Valusia. Research: Huge Underground 'Ocean' Found Beneath Asia; 'The Beijing Anomaly'. by Underwatertimes.com News Service - March 1, 2007 20:05 EST. 
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